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Joseph M. Hanna Named Power 100 Business Leaders of Color by Buffalo Business First


Joseph M. Hanna Named Power 100 Business Leaders of Color by Buffalo Business First

November 8, 2023
Joseph M. Hanna

For the second consecutive year, Buffalo Business First has recognized Goldberg Segalla attorney Joseph M. Hanna in the Power 100 Business Leaders of Color list. Buffalo Business First defines honorees as leaders of Western New York companies and organizations, as trusted board members, and as inspirational examples for the next generation.

Joe is the founder and chair of the firm’s Diversity Task Force, is the firm’s hiring partner, and sits on the firm’s management committee.  He also chairs the firm’s Retail and Hospitality and Sports and Entertainment Law groups. In addition to his work with Goldberg Segalla’s Diversity Task Force, Joe has undertaken various diversity-related roles within DRI and the American Bar Association (ABA). He served multiple years as the co-chair of the Young Lawyer Leadership Program, as the chair of the Minority Trial Lawyer Committee, and as the editor-in-chief of Minority Trial Lawyer.

In 2020, Joe received the IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Awareness) Award from Buffalo Business First. This award is given to individuals and organizations who champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace and surrounding communities. Last year, Joe was honored with the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest civil volunteerism award presented by the president of the United States for his work with his nonprofit organization, Bunkers in Baghdad. Joe has served in multiple leadership roles in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) and was recognized with the organization’s highest honor, the Rick Palmore Alumni Award. Joe currently chairs the New York chapter of the LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program. He has received accolades that include the Minority Corporate Counsel Association George B. Vashon Innovator Award, the MCCA Diversity and the Bar Rainmakers Award, and the University at Buffalo George W. Thorn Award.

In 2022, Joe was named a Northeast Trailblazer by The American Lawyer and is identified as an “agent of change who has made significant marks on practice, policy, and technological advancements in his area of legal practice.” Additionally, he received the 2022 New York Law Journal Distinguished Leader Award, an honor that recognizes attorneys in leadership roles who achieved impressive results in the past year while demonstrating clear leadership skills leading to positive outcomes.



Joseph M. Hanna is Goldberg Segalla’s hiring partner, a position in which he spearheads the firm’s continuing commitment to increase diversity in the hiring and promotion process and leads the search for attorneys who best fit the firm’s culture of teamwork and collaboration. He is a member of Goldberg Segalla’s five-person Management Committee that oversees client service, culture, investment, and strategic growth. A commercial litigator and legal adviser, Joe is nationally recognized for his work in retail and hospitality, and sports and entertainment law.

Joe chairs Goldberg Segalla’s Retail and Hospitality practice, which serves the diverse legal needs of some of the largest corporations in these evolving industries. Global retail and restaurant chains, hotel and hospitality enterprises, shopping centers, property owners, and developers rely on Joe to find creative and cost-efficient resolutions to disputes with other parties, to represent them in commercial litigation, and to handle a broad array of legal and business challenges. Joe represents several companies on the Global and U.S. Fortune 500 lists, including leading retailers in the general merchandise, pharmacy, and home improvement sectors, as well as a global upscale restaurant franchise. As National Monitoring Counsel for a number of retail clients, he monitors litigation in jurisdictions throughout the country and works with outside counsel to make sure the retailers’ needs are being met.